14 International Groups Caution Nigerian Government Over Forgery Trial Against HEDA Centre Chairman, Suraju

No fewer than 14 worldwide human rights teams have requested Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, to rethink the costs of cyberstalking proffered towards the Chairman of Human and Environmental Development Agenda, (HEDA Resource Centre), Olanrewaju Suraju.

Former Minister of Justice, Bello Adoke, a type of accused of and charged with fraud within the OPL245 rip-off, additionally known as Malabu scandal, had petitioned the police, accusing these behind petitions ensuing to his prosecution for corruption and cash laundering of circulating fabricated proof towards him to unduly incriminate him within the multi-million {dollars} scandal.

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The topic of Adoke’s petition was forgery of an electronic mail by which Nigeria as a sovereign State was shortchanged to the tune of $1.1billion (100 and one billion US {dollars}) and HEDA and its worldwide companions have been concerned within the advocacy for restoration of this cash and prosecution of principal actors behind the heist.

However, HEDA and Suraju have denied any wrongdoing in a sequence of statements issued on the matter, stating that the objects they accused of fabricating featured as reveals within the Malabu Oil rip-off trials in London and Milan, Italy.

The Nigerian authorities, by means of the workplace of the Attorney General of the Federation not too long ago filed a four-count cost in a go well with marked FHC/ABJ/CS/370/2021, accusing Suraju of utilizing his social media handles in addition to emails and audio interviews to flow into false data on Adoke.

But in a preliminary objection to the go well with towards him, Suraju, by means of his counsels, M.A. Banire & Associates led by Dr. Muiz Banire (SAN), sought the dismissal of the go well with, stating that the court docket lacked jurisdiction to entertain the cost towards him. 14 International Groups Caution Nigerian Government Over Forgery Trial Against HEDA Centre Chairman, Suraju 3

In a joint letter dated November 21 to the AGF, the overseas activists who wrote for his or her teams threatened to report Nigeria to “our governments and international human rights bodies” over the case.

The letter was signed by activists and students representing Integrity Initiatives International, Be Just, Partnership for Transparency Fund, Spotlight on Corruption, Anthropocene Actions, The One Campaign, Publish What You Say, Centre for Environmental Rights, Re:Common, The Corner House, Forests Campaign, Global Witness, Environmental Investigation Agency, and Policy Alert.

It learn, “Our attention has been drawn to press reports of an indictment, approved by your office, against Olanrewaju Suraju, chair of the anti-corruption and human right group HEDA, for alleged cyberstalking.

“As at the time of writing, we are assured that Mr Suraju has neither been served with the indictment (despite its circulation in the press) nor provided with any evidence supporting the charges. We note that the indictment alleges offences under the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act.

”We additionally notice that the cyberstalking expenses accuse Mr Suraju of getting circulated paperwork that have been accepted as proof by courts in Italy and/or the United Kingdom. We are gravely involved by the meant prosecution of Mr Suraju. 14 International Groups Caution Nigerian Government Over Forgery Trial Against HEDA Centre Chairman, Suraju 4

“It is a fundamental right to report on court proceedings and the use of the Cybercrimes Act to criminalise those who exercise that right is alarming. We are also shocked that Nigeria should still be using the Act given the recent ruling by the ECOWAS court that the Act is unconstitutional and must be repealed.

“For Nigeria to ignore this ruling will send a regrettable signal that the current government does not respect international treaties to which it is a party. Indeed, your own office has accepted that the Act needs amending.

“We would therefore urge you to reconsider the indictment of Mr Suraju. We will be closely monitoring the progress of the case and will draw our concerns to the attention of our governments and international human rights bodies.”

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14 International Groups Caution Nigerian Government Over Forgery Trial Against HEDA Centre Chairman, Suraju

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